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Return From The Dead

June 18, 2012


British Airlines Flight #1516 - London to NYC

Dear Blog Lovers, the blog will return in all its splendor after I get home. The amount of content requires a high-speed connection, and over the last week I've been in spots where my situation wasn't optimal. In many situations I had no connectivity at all. But I'll soon Return From the Dead.

 

 


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Philadelphia > London

June 16, 2012


British Airlines Flight #68 - Philadelphia to London

Heading from Philly to London tonight. Lovebox festival tomorrow! More details soon.

 

 


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Dr. Nile Rodgers

June 15, 2012 - Update by: @NileRodgers
I'm heading to the Philadelphia today to the Honorary Degree Recognition Dinner. I had to leave this up one more day. I'll fill you in on the whole awesome ceremony tomorrow. ~ NR
June 13, 2012


Drexel University's Main Entrance

This weekend before flying to England to perform at The Lovebox Festival, I'll be awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters Degree from Drexel University. This is a tradition that became common in the 16th century at Oxford and Cambridge universities in England.


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An Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters is typically awarded to individuals who have distinguished themselves, usually in areas related to the humanities - or to honor their contributions to society in general.

Recipients of the Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters have included former presidents, authors, distinguished scholars, business leaders, and prominent entertainers. Notable recipients include former presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush, entertainer Bob Hope, CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour, filmmaker Ken Burns, actress Meryl Streep, and poet and author Dr. Maya Angelou. I'm flattered, humbled, and honored to be in such company.

I take this award very seriously, but I've achieved what I've accomplished because I'm driven, dedicated, and disciplined. I try and keep my life in perspective and maintain a certain sense of humor about it because life is so unpredictable. With that in mind - please respectfully laugh along with today's blog post of the "Doctor Sequence" from the film Spies Like Us.

Yours truly, soon to be Dr. Nile Rodgers.

 


Doctor Scene with Bob Hope from Spies Like Us

 


Dr. Bill Clinton


Dr. George H.W. Bush


Dr. Bob Hope


Dr. Christianne Amanpour


Dr. Ken Burns


Dr. Meryl Streep


Dr. Maya Angelou


Drexel's got one of the greatest analog tape storage facilities I've ever seen. "Dr. Love" by First Choice is here!


I was born in 1952, The Year of the Dragon. Here I'm with my mom & I'm a couple months old


I was born in the year of the Dragon. One of the many Dragons in my life is in the office of the president of Drexel University


Calling Dr. Nile Rodgers!


My Speech at Studio 54. "You've got to fight, for your right, to Paaarty!"

 


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Disco Summer of Love

June 12, 2012


Manchester, UK - the beginning of an amazing Disco Summer of Love

After a few planes and many hours of travel I arrived home. This past weekend of festivals was amazing! Then I looked at the jawdropping list of everyone I'm playing with over the coming months, and all of a sudden felt a wave of excitement for what is to be CHIC's biggest Disco Summer of Love!

 

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Glasgow » London » NYC

June 11, 2012


American Airlines #6439 - Glasgow to London / American Airlines #141 - London to NYC

Keep refreshing the page today as I'll be on a few flights home. Enjoy the music spun by DJ D.

 

 


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Home Away From Home

June 11, 2012 - Update by: @IAmMisterD
Nile called a few hours ago saying his internet service was so slow it was impossible to get a new blog out. It's all good because we actually owe you guys the last entry of the Turks & Caicos Magazine post.

The last pages have been added below, so you can now read the complete article. And, definitely keep a lookout for an additional post today.. Flightracker + Playlist time!

I'm currently in Manchester after yet another insane travel debacle. But I'm driven to do what I do. I can't help myself, I love music - so much so - that when I listen to Grace Jone's "Slave To The Rhythm" I'm often moved to tears, because I so relate to it spiritually, professionally, and personally.

I'm on the cover of the current issue of Turks & Caicos Magazine. Many of you have never heard of this island paradise, but this is where I go whenever I can, to put some order into my life.

The article is longer than the blog so I'm going to roll it out over the next three days. It will give you some insight as to how I work and frankly survive. And now many of my show business friends and colleagues are starting to discover my Home Away From Home.

 


Amanda Sheppard and my long time friend and major CHIC influencer Bryan Ferry were married at Amanyara

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Ready to Play My A$$ Off

June 10, 2012


Yesterday we played the Parklife Festival in Manchester, England

Yesterday we played the Parklife Festival in Manchester, England. It was freezing, rainy, and wonderful. We were joined by legendary guitarist Johnny Marr of the famed band The Smiths (and Electronic, The The and others).

Johnny and I have become great friends. He's named his son Nile, after me, and the other Nile's a pretty damned fine guitarist too, and Johnny gave me one of his signature Fender Jaguars the night before.

I don't know how to explain Manchester to people who've never been here, but for a freezing rainy city, the people are warm and charming - and they're serious music fans. When I stepped onto the stage to take a few photos before our set I was greeted by massive sea of humanity, all ready to get their groove on.

We only played half of our two hour show because there were many acts on the bill and we're never disrespectful of other acts. We're all in this together and it's the audience that counts. But around forty-minutes into our show my body was finally starting to warm up. And when we performed "Le Freak," I was Ready to Play My A$$ Off.

 


Sport video at Parklife shot by John Ryan

 


Johnny and I have become great friends


Johnny gave me one of his signature Fender Jaguars the night before


I don't know how to explain Manchester to people who've never been here, but for a freezing, rainy city, the people are warm and charming


I stepped onto the stage to take a few photos before our set I was greeted by massive sea of humanity, all ready to get their groove on


Folami, Kim, me, and even our driver arrive in coordinated colors


The CHIC Horns - Steve Jankowski and Bill Holloman


We're all in this together and it's the audience that counts


But around forty-minutes into our show my body was finally starting to warm up


Johnny Marr playing my Fender Custom Shop Hitmaker Strat, me, and Jerry Barnes on "Le Freak."

 


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UK Here I Come!


American Airlines #210 - NYC to Manchester

Heading out to the UK for a string of festivals! Enjoy the tunes.

THE PARKLIFE WEEKENDER - Saturday June 9, 2012 :: INFO
Manchester, England

ROCKNESS - Sunday June 10, 2012 :: INFO
Loch Ness, Scotland

 

 


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They Know The Song

June 6, 2012 - Update by: @NileRodgers
As a songwriter, I was extremely proud when they played "We Are Family" at the Queen's Jubilee. It was right before the main act, Sir Paul McCartney came out. I watched the American broadcast last night and it was edited out. :-( I'm leaving up yesterday's blog post for folks who missed this funny and wonderful CHIC Organization/Sister Sledge moment.
June 5, 2012


The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert

Bernard Edwards, my long time partner, peeked out from behind the curtain at the sellout crowd in Tokyo's Budokan. "Look at that," he said to me right before we took the stage. "We did it. They didn't come to see us, they came to hear our music." That would be my last concert with him. After that show he went back to his hotel room and died on the sofa. His words were prophetically correct. We had done what we'd set out to do.

Our dream was never to become stars, our dream was to have our music heard. That's every composer's dream. Anywhere I go on this planet, I can anonymously sit and watch the world listen to my music. And if I'm on stage and I say, "One, Two, Awww," the audience instinctively responds "Freak Out!" They don't know me, but They Know The Song.

The composition "We Are Family" that we wrote for the group Sister Sledge, has been a part of every U.S. president's campaign and victory parties since the 80's. President Nelson Mandela knows The Song and last night I watched Britain's Royal family bop their heads to it. That in and of itself would be cool, but what's really cool is you can tell They Know The Song.

 


The Queen's Diamond Jubilee - "We Are Family"

 

 


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The Cycle of Life Around Me

June 4, 2012


After my late exercise workout I had a quick business meeting

Yesterday, I worked through the night and I didn't do my exercise until later in the day. This gave me the rare opportunity to interact with my neighbors. Not just the humans - the animals too. I love all living things and we share this earth together. Since being attacked by cancer I have a different perspective on the Cycle of Life and death.

Without going through a bunch of high-school science chatter about the earth's microscopic changes from natural abundance and what "we" used to call atomic weight now called relative atomic mass - the earth is referred to as a closed ecosystem because basically things don't naturally escape nor enter it. In the most general terms, "What happens on earth stays on earth." Our planet nourishes the organisms that occupy it.

Here's my camera capturing a little of the The Cycle of Life Around Me.

 


When I returned home I changed clothes and went to do some work on the dock


This gave me the rare opportunity to interact with my neighbors. This is the third group of kids I've watched grow up since I've moved here. I love them all!


All living things share this earth together and this family of birds built a nest under my dock, thus sharing it with me


Here's a great shot of both parents, one tending to the young and the other trying to scare me away


Once they realized I wasn't a threat they decided to join each other to watch-out for other possible dangers to their nestlings


Hooking up for guard duty


Don't mess with our nest - not even you Nile!


The mole is an SI unit which measures the number of particles in a specific substance. "What happens on earth stays on earth."


Here's a very large bird about to grab a nice sized fish


As I loudly ran back up my dock I startled this family of ducks that were also nesting but underneath my boardwalk


When I got to the top of my boat ramp a mother jumped out to scare me off - I'm positive I'd gotten too close to her nest because she flew towards me several times


Since being attacked by cancer I have a different perspective on the Cycle of Life and death


There was a bed of at least 300 mussels next to my boat ramp


These birds were having an All-You-Can-Eat feast - Our planet nourishes the organisms that occupy it


The Cycle of Life Around Me

 


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